Position Papers

Requirements:

  • 1-1.5 Page position paper with thesis
  • Times New Roman 12 Point Font
  • Double Spaced
  • Name and state you represent in the top left-hand corner
  • Centered title in bold
  • Sources in Chicago Manual Style (see citing sources tab on the class website)- minimum 2
  • Normal borders
  • Intro- 1 paragraph, Body- 2-4 paragraphs, Conclusion- 1 paragraph
  • Hand in the rubric with your paper

Teacher Name: Mr. Kurth


Student Name:     ________________________________________

 

 

CATEGORY

4 - Above Standards

3 - Meets Standards

2 - Approaching Standards

1 - Below Standards

Score

Focus or Thesis Statement

The thesis statement names the topic of the essay and outlines the main points to be discussed.

The thesis statement names the topic of the essay.

The thesis statement outlines some or all of the main points to be discussed but does not name the topic.

The thesis statement does not name the topic AND does not preview what will be discussed.

 

Support for Position

Includes 3 or more pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples) that support the position statement. The writer anticipates the reader's concerns, biases or arguments and has provided at least 2 counter-argument.

Includes 3 or more pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples) that support the position statement and has provided at least 1 counter argument.

Includes 2 pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples) that support the position statement.

Includes 1 or fewer pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples)

 

Grammar & Spelling

Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Author makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Author makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

 

Sources

All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and cited correctly.

All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and most are cited correctly.

Most sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and cited correctly.

Many sources are suspect (not credible) AND/OR are not cited correctly.

 

Format and Requirements

The format and requirements of the paper are what was outlined in the instructions perfectly

The format and requirements of the paper is complete with only 1 or 2 minor errors

There are several major errors in the format and requirements

The writer did not follow the format and requirements of the paper